Most Unforgettable (Fictional) Character of the Day

First, self must come clean and confess that she didn’t make it past the prologue of Middlemarch.  Instead she began reading Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel.  OMG, self, what took you so long to read Mantel?  This book is turning out to be an absolutely fantastic read.

But the piece she wants to quote is not from Wolf Hall.  It is from a story by Melanie Taylor-Herrera, called “Stories Adrift,” which was in Issue 51.1 (Fall/ Winter 2012) of Prism International.  The story is about a cab driver.  As he goes from place to place around Panama City, we get vivid glimpses of each of his various passengers.

At exactly two-thirty, the sun breaking bricks and the heat breaking guts, in front of the department store Machetazo in Calidonia, Julian stopped.  A woman of flaccid and abundant flesh got in, her legs marked by varicose veins and her arms lined with wild black down that had never seen a razor.  She had a budding mustache and she wore her white hair short.  She carried bags from the supermarket.

Self doesn’t know why she found the description so enchanting.  Here’s a quick doodle of a woman with a mustache that self did a few minutes ago, just for fun:

The woman passenger described in the story

The woman passenger described in the story

Self was trying to draw a mustache, but it’s not very clear.  She wanted to draw a mustache like Hercule Poirot’s.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

3 Comments

  1. August 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    You have a wonderful facility to generate characters and I like the way you use your bed to take pics on. 🙂

  2. Melanie said,

    November 9, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    I´m Melanie Taylor Herrera and I love your drawing. Can I post it in my blog written in Spanish explaining why you draw it? Un abrazo tropical, Melanie


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